Thick Bar Training with TrueGRIPs
Ever heard of the phrase ‘You’re only as strong as your weakest link?’
For bodybuilders, power lifters, strongmen, MMA fighters and athletes it’s generally their grip strength. Unfortunately, most people don’t focus on developing the strength in their hands and forearms.
Grip strength happens to be the one thing that may be holding you back from maximizing true strength and muscle development. While you train so hard on building up all the muscles in your body, grip strength always gets left behind.
It becomes your weakest link.
Now if you think that all you need to do is more wrist curls think again! With almost 35 muscles involved in gripping activities, doing wrist curls will only hit a small percentage of these muscles.
So what can you do?
It’s an old trick that strongmen and bodybuilders used back in the 60’s to achieve amazing strength levels and massive muscle growth.
Today, it’s used by top pro bodybuilders, athletes, MMA fighters, SWAT Teams, and Members of the Military from all around the world.
It’s called Thick Bar Training.
Some of today’s most highly respected strength coaches swear by it. Charles Poliquin, trainer of over 400 Olympic athletes said, “I am a big believer in using thick-handled barbells/dumbbells.”
Thick bars are just like standard barbells and dumbbells, but they’re just thicker. The standard ones have a one inch diameter but with thick bars you’re talking about 2 to 3 inches in diameter. (Some look more like truck axles)
I’m sure you would agree with the regular 1 inch bar, it’s pretty simple to wrap your whole hand around and support it in the palm of your hand. But with thick bars it’s a whole new ball game!
With thick bar training you increase muscle fiber activation in your grip, forearm, biceps, and triceps. You’ll develop levels of upper body strength you have never experienced before!
But there is a drawback with thick bars. They are extremely rare to find in local gyms because they are so expensive. The good news is there is an option that can give you the same function as a thick bar but without the big price tag.
It’s called a thick bar adapter (called TrueGrips)
This week I had the opportunity to test out TrueGrips 2.5 (2.5 inch diameter) by Iron Bull Strength and hands down these grips are absolutely the best! They were simple to use, extremely durable, and best of all they hold on like a clamp. No free play or worrying about the grips slipping.
During each of my workouts they functioned exactly as if I were using an actual thick bar. The finger grip grooves and barrel-shaped design provided excellent support. Within seconds I was able to install them so no complaints on convenience and usability.
Now I know there are lots of other grips in the market but I’ve found that either I had to squeeze the grips or they would pop off the bar or some models had too small of an inside diameter limiting its use with some of the equipment in the gym.
Some of the other models were simply just a pain in the butt to put on in the first place. This is especially important if you’re doing a drop set where you really don’t have time to mess around.
All in all TrueGrips are my preferred thick bar adapter and best of all they offer a variety of sizes and colors ranging from 2 inches all the way up to 3 inch grips for the hardcore lifter.
Now remember, at first you might have to lower the weights because you’ll be limited by poor hand and grip strength but that’s the whole root of the problem and these grips are the solution.
In a matter of seconds, you can discover the world of thick bar training and access the muscle growth and strength you’ve been missing out on all these years. Thicker bars equal more muscle!
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